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    A sophomore season gamer from a star on the rise

    1958 Roger Maris Game Worn Cleveland Indians Jersey, MEARS A9. Our auction results database would suggest that this sophomore season gamer is the very earliest jersey from the wardrobe of the former (though some would contend still-ruling) single-season Home Run King ever presented at auction. Maris would be dealt to the Kansas City Athletics on June 15th, paving the way for his eventual Bronx tenure, but this exceedingly rare home white pinstriped flannel saw action at Cleveland Stadium with the strapping Midwestern slugger in the early weeks of that season, one in which Rajah gave a small taste of the fireworks to come with twenty-eight round trippers.

    A block-lettered "Indians" arcs across the chest of the garment in red and navy tackle twill, giving way to a number "5" on verso, a digit worn to Hall of Fame distinction by Indians legend Lou Boudreau years earlier. The classic but controversial Chief Wahoo patch grins from the left sleeve. Interior collar holds an embroidered swatch announcing the "1958" vintage, while lower left front tail provides "Wilson Sports Equipment [size] 44" label and a washing instructions tag. It must be noted that the tackle twill identifiers have been restitched, but that original stitching pattern is visible and assures that no other digit has ever appeared on verso. We stress that only Maris wore number "5" for the Indians in 1958. Solid wear is evident throughout, suggesting a degree of secondary use as was typical of the era.

    The jersey was purchased from the Indians gift shop in the late 1970's when old jerseys and bats were commonly sold at heartbreakingly low prices, and an original brochure from the shop is included. Also here is an 8x10" photo (modern print) of Maris wearing this jersey style. LOA from MEARS, A9. LOA from Heritage Auctions.


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    August, 2013
    1st-2nd Thursday-Friday
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